Reed diffusers will give you a scent that’s longer-lasting than a candle and, with no flames in the mix, more practical. Instead you get concentrated essential oils in pretty glass bottles, many of which you can refill. Aromas are cleverly diffused by rattan reeds that come in various hues. From fresh-smelling, invigorating fragrances to heady florals in bottles that wouldn’t look out of place on an apothecary’s shelf, we’ve tried these in our own homes to bring you our favourites.
1. Cowshed Knackered Cow Relaxing Reed Diffuser: £36, Look Fantastic
We’ve long been fans of Cowshed’s products made using natural ingredients. This blend of lavender and eucalyptus is genuinely relaxing, it comes in a pretty glass bottle with white etching and you get a generous 250ml for your money.
2. Seychelles Scent Diffuser: £25 for 125ml, The White Company
Thanks to the simple round glass bottles and the silver neck, the White Company’s signature diffusers are understated enough to blend into any room – and the scents are subtly evocative. This one with notes of bergamot, orange and amber combined with coconut, vanilla and almond will make you think of exotic holidays in the sun.
3. Accessorize Sweet Lotus Oil Diffuser: £15 for 100ml, Bath & Unwind
With a bright flower print and Aztec-style zig zags on the frosted-glass bottle, this is part of Accessorize’s sweet lotus range. It’s ideal for someone who likes brighter decorative accessories and despite the bold packaging, our tester loved the smell: gently sweet florals on a musky base.
4. Molton Brown Dewy Lily of the Valley and Star Anise and Aroma Reeds: £39 for 150ml, John Lewis
From the smart boxes to the dark wood of the reeds, Molton Brown’s diffusers have a luxe feel. This new option for spring with lily of the valley, peony and white tea notes is a fresh-feeling scent, just right for the new season.
5. Skandinavisk O Diffuser: £35 for 200ml, John Lewis
It’s time to get the Scandi-based, British-run company on your home-fragrance radar. This blend of driftwood, rose and green leaves is said to be evocative of Scandinavian islands. We say it’s an invigorating but subtle-smelling scent in a bottle that will look cooler-than-average on the shelf.
6. True Grace Black Lily Diffuser: £48 for 250ml, John Lewis
This, from family-owned True Grace, is a deep and heady but not overpowering fragrance, with floral notes of violets and jasmine as well as citrusy bergamot and, well, woody sandalwood; perfect for a bedroom. Plus the gorgeous grey glass apothecary-style bottle is a welcome and understated addition to any room.
7. John Lewis Seagrass Linen: £18, John Lewis
Reed diffusers don’t have to be a luxury item. The scent you get from this small bottle really is reminiscent of that clean laundry smell. The packaging and presentation might not be as elaborate as some, but it does the job and lasts, too.
8. Kenneth Turner Signature: £42, Fortnum & Mason
With a glass bud vase and natural-looking rattan reeds, this from the high-end florist is not your run-of-the-mill diffuser. There are a range of scents to choose from but we like the brand’s intense orange blossom and honeysuckle signature. It makes a lovely gift and the recipient can use the vase later.
9. Jo Malone lime, basil and mandarin scent surround diffuser: £58 for 165ml, John Lewis
Some diffusers can be overwhelming, not so perfumier Jo Malone’s perfectly balanced scents. We like this uplifting combination of basil and thyme with citrus notes that still manages to be subtle. The dark reeds and simple bottles make these super-elegant, too.
10. Timothy Dunn Mille Fleurs: £47, Bath & Unwind
If you like your scents floral and heady – and you have a generous-sized room to put it in – this is for you. A blend of Eastern blooms with musk and vanilla undertones, it’ll make an impact.
11. Lafco Fragrance Diffuser: £96, Amara
Another for those with big rooms to scent, this from the New York-based home fragrance brand is expensive but consider what you’re getting for your money: 440ml of essentials oils, a fresh, citrusy combo of cilantro (coriander to us Brits), sweet mandarin, with just a hint of watercress, and sixteen bigger-than-average reeds that helps the scent to diffuse. The star of the show though is the orange glass bottle that will double-up afterwards as a striking stem vase.
Cowshed’s lavender and eucalyptus Knackered Cow diffuser does what it promises and leaves an aroma that seems to really help relaxation. It’s long-lasting, prettily packaged, and with 250ml of essential oils, you get a lot of scent for your money.
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